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William Markham
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Birth: Oct. 9, 1811
Litchfield County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Nov. 9, 1890
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

He was a son of William and Ruth (Butler) Marham. He was raised in Connecticut, and moved to North Carolina in 1833. Two years later, he moved to Augusta, Georgia, and then Henry Co, Georgia. He arrived in Atlanta in 1853, and became mayor in October of the same year. He was proprietor of the Atlanta Rolling Mill (rolling iron railroad rails, and during the Civil War, cannons and sheets of iron for a navy ship) by 1858. Despite his company's work for the Confederates, he was opposed to secession. He was part of the committee that surrendered the city to the Union, following the Battle of Atlanta. During reconstruction, he built a number of temporary stores which he rented out to merchants. He built a 107 room hotel, called the Markham House, which stood for 25 years.

He married in 1839, and was the father of two children, Marcellus O Markham and Emma C, wife of Robert J. Lowry.

The Hartford Courant, 13 Nov 1890

Colonel William Markham, a man well-known throughout the state of Georgia and distinguished for his strength of character and industrial activity, died at Atlanta, Ga., on Sunday of malaria and was buried Monday afternoon. Colonel Markham was of Connecticut birth, being born at Goshen, October 9, 1811. While a boy his parents removed to New Harford, where he received his education and remained until 1833, when he went to North Carolina. Two years later he went to Georgia, and soon afterwards setttled in Atlanta. Since that date he has been one of the leading builders and real estate owners of the growing city. In 1856 he established the first rolling mill established in the South. In 1854 he was elected mayor on the whig ticket. He was a staunch unionist all through the war. When Sherman took Atlanta and ordered all the inhabitants to evacuate the city, Colonel Markham came North, but after the war he returned to Atlanta. He built over 125 buildings in the city. Of late years he had given much of his time to the cultivatgion of oranges and owned an orange grove of 100 acres. He leaves two children, Mr. Marcellus Markham and Mrs. Emma C. Lowry, both of Atlanta. Of his traits of character the Altanta Constitution says: "In Atlanta, in fact, all over Georgia, he had friends by hundreds, and everyone who knew him loved him. He was pleasant, affable and gentle, and never failed to do a kind act when the opportunity presented itself. His death removes a citizen who has always worked zealously for Altanta's good."

[Note: Many history books, as well as the Connecticut obituary, call him Colonel Markham. None of the sources explain where and when he became a colonel. His wife's obituary from a year earlier calls him "Mr."] 
Family links: 
  William Markham (____ - 1856)
  Ruth Markham (____ - 1830)
  Amanda Dorcas Berry Markham (1819 - 1889)
  Marcellius O. Markham (1841 - 1915)*
  William Markham (1811 - 1890)
  Olive W. Markham Healey (1824 - 1913)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakland Cemetery
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Section 7 Block 8
Created by: L Ferree
Record added: May 04, 2013
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William Markham
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William Markham
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